Clothed With Christ

Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:26–27. Paul’s challenge is that we need to be clothed with Christ. Being properly clothed in Christ starts with a change in values. Read: Colossians 3:1–4.

Setting our sights on the realities of heaven means striving to put heaven’s priorities into daily practice. This change in focus will brings with it a change in values.

Your current actions and attitudes reveal where you heart and mind are set. We able to set our heart and mind on things above because we died to the ways of this world. Remember, Paul is writing this letter to Christians. He knows the battle that takes place between the flesh and the Spirit. So he reminds us to make the choice each day to put the old self to death. Read: Colossians 3:5-7.

Paul is, in essence, drawing a line between their former life that placed value in earthly passions, to their new life in Christ which is now based on His values and perspective. It’s a reminder that they have put those passions to death.

This is what Jesus is actually talking about in one of his seemingly confusing teachings on sin. Read: Mark 9:43-47. This passage isn’t about self-mutilation that will some how eradicate sin. It is an exaggeration designed to make a dramatic point. You need to cut off or consider dead those things that lead to sin. Do our hands, feet, or eyes cause us to sin? No, those are how we carry out the desires of the heart where sin originates.

Jesus put to death the power of sin. We need to choose to live each day within the that power that Christ has over sin. We can consider those passions dead because we live, instead, by the power of the Spirit. Read: Romans 8:12-14.

Paul continues with a list of things we are to take off. Read Colossians 3:8-10. Your old self had practices that reflected it’s nature. Our past will still try to influence us and draw us back to its practices. Because of that, we need to be intentional about putting on our new self.

Our new self,  which Paul states that we put on “like clothing” each day, is being renewed (each day) as we grow to know Jesus better and strive to live in a way that shows we bear his image. Our new self has a new set of practices. Read Colossians 2:12-14.

You dress according to who you think you are. Paul reminds them (and us) that we are God’s chosen people. We are dearly loved by God. We are to be holy as God is holy. So our new identity determines how we dress. In Christ, we have a new style of life. A new way of living.

This new way of living is critical not only to our faith and spiritual growth, but to those who are watching your life. Remember, you don’t live for Christ in isolation. Our love for Christ and life in Christ should impact and influence those around us. Our “Jesus-Style” of living should inspire those who are watching us.